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Derrick Jones Jr. reportedly picks up $9.7 million option to stay with Blazers

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PORTLAND, OR - MAY 10: Derrick Jones Jr. #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers smiles before the game against the Houston Rockets on May 10, 2021 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Derrick Jones Jr. is going to spend next season in Portland.

The defense-first wing had to make a call on his $9.7 million player option this week, and he chose to pick it up and stay with the Trail Blazers for a second season, reports Shams Charania of The Atheltic.

This is not a surprise, just like Norman Powell turning down his $11.6 million player option was expected. Portland has made a priority of re-signing Powell. Jones chose to stay with them.

Jones averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game last season, although most of his impact and value are on the defensive end of the court.

The Trail Blazers head into Thursday’s NBA Draft, and free agency right after, looking to make a bold move to keep a wary Damian Lillard happy and wanting to stay in Portland, too.